“Journey for Justice” reaches Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) - Black and white voices echoed in the Missouri Capitol rotunda this afternoon as protesters called for a change in American society.

The NAACP's "Journey for Justice" began seven days ago on the street where Mike Brown was killed.  It ended inside the center of Missouri's government.  About 50 marchers completed the last leg of the trip halfway across Missouri this morning despite a cold rain.  Others sharing the same demands for and and to racial profiling and police misconduct join them at the state capital building.

NAACP leaders met with Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday, but he was not in the capital to see their demonstration. Never the less, protesters appealed to the governor and lawmakers to act.

Roslyn Brock, chair of the NAACP Board told the crowd "Michael Brown's death will be in vain if we are just angry and go home and do nothing".

She urged them to continue their efforts to fight for social justice.

A member of the governors administration, former state senator Maida Coleman said "to heal the racial divide it starts with each and every one of us."

The former senator from St. Louis is now director of Missouri's office of community engagement. Coleman said "our governor understands we all have to do our part and Jay Nixon is doing his."

The mother of Michael Brown made an appearance. Leslie McSpadden fought back tears as she said "We watched this play out unfairly and without transparency for months. We are here to ask the government and the governor to live up to what we expect him to do for the people."

Gov. Nixon met with NAACP leaders on Wednesday in Jefferson City. Coleman described that meeting as a listening session. "The governor was given great information and was very pleased with the outcome of the meeting."

Missouri's attorney general Chris Koster was scheduled to meet with the same leaders Friday afternoon.

More coverage: NAACP protesters get mixed reaction for march to Jefferson City

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